it·​er·​a·​tive | \ ˈi-tə-ˌrā-tiv How to pronounce iterative (audio) , -rə- How to pronounce iterative (audio) \

Definition of iterative

: involving repetition: such as
a : expressing repetition of a verbal action
b : utilizing the repetition of a sequence of operations or procedures iterative programming methods

Other Words from iterative

iteratively adverb

Examples of iterative in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Since family wealth is iterative—growing slowly at first, adding to itself, and accumulating and expanding over time—this blow to a nascent Black middle class has reverberated down the generations. Dania Francis, The New Republic, 5 May 2022 For instance, a few years ago researchers from the University of Reading highlighted that innovation tends to be a far more iterative affair. Adi Gaskell, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2021 This year's update is more iterative, with the company bringing some of those things to new regions. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, 28 Sep. 2020 The mathematicians took an iterative approach to the problem. Quanta Magazine, 25 Apr. 2022 Try agile methodologies, gather feedback, learn and improve over time, using the iterative nature of agile to implement agile itself. Tracy Brower, Forbes, 24 Apr. 2022 Commercial companies, such as SpaceX and Rocket Lab in the launch industry, have adopted an iterative design methodology, in which the goal is to fly faster and learn from mistakes and failures in flight. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 20 Apr. 2022 The scene carries an erotic charge, but its intimacy really comes from the narrator laying bare her philosophy of living, an iterative — if directionless — performance with words. Nina Renata Aron, Los Angeles Times, 28 Feb. 2022 An Agile Method: A complete digital transformation is a multi-year project, making an iterative, agile approach the best method for success. Clayton Nicholas, Forbes, 14 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of iterative

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Iterative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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